COMICS PRESS RELEASE: IDW to Publish Classic DC Newspaper Strips

IDW’s Library of American Comics and DC Entertainment have announced the beginning of a new partnership to reprint some of the rarest DC Comics stories — the Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman newspaper strips. These strips, needless to say, have been long unavailable.

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By EdGross - 3/15/2013
“We’re thrilled to announce a comprehensive publishing program for these historic strips,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW President and COO. “The Library of American Comics is the premier home for archival newspaper strips and this new partnership with DC Entertainment further cements the imprint’s reputation as second to none.”

At the same time that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman became the world’s most famous and recognizable superheroes in comic books in the 1940s and beyond, they also starred in runs of newspaper comic strips, most of which have not been seen since they first appeared.

The Man of Steel’s newspaper adventures ran for more than 25 years, from 1939 until 1966. Only about 10% of these strips have ever been reprinted. The complete comics will be released in three sub-sets, starting with The Silver Age, then The Atomic Age, and finally, The Golden Age. The black-and-white daily and color Sunday strips contained distinct storylines and will be released in separate, concurrent, series of deluxe hardcovers.

The line kicks off this July with SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961. Fans can look forward to nearly 800 strips featuring classic artwork by Curt Swan, Wayne Boring, and Stan Kaye. While most of the stories from the Atomic Age and Golden Age were original and completely different from the comic books, under Mort Weisinger’s editorship in the late 1950s Silver Age stories, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel was brought in to script adaptations of then-current comic book tales.

“It’s like discovering an entire alternate universe of famous Silver Age comic book stories,” said Dean Mullaney, LOAC Creative Director who’s editing and designing the series. “It’s better than an imaginary story—it’s Jerry Siegel doing a remake of his classic Superman’s Return to Krypton! …it’s Curt Swan, not Al Plastino, drawing The Menace of Metallo. Superman fans might want to consider these strips as taking place on a brand new world— Earth-N for Newspapers!”

Covers for each book are being specially created by Pete Poplaski to evoke the look and style of the times; Volume One is an homage to Curt Swan’s art and Ira Schnapp’s lettering design. Tom DeHaven, author of the novel It’s Superman!, is writing the foreword, and the introductions are by Sidney Friedfertig.

Additional details on the Sunday strip books as well as the Batman and Wonder Woman collections will follow, but eager fans should begin watching the skies in July!

(HC, B&W, $49.99, 288 pages, 11″ x 8.5″)
ISBN: 978-1-61377-666-7
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Wingding - 3/15/2013, 5:06 AM
Wow, that's awesome! (Hey I got 1rst).
astromerc - 3/15/2013, 5:19 AM
I would really like to read some of these. I hope they publish some old LOS stuff as well at some point.
SmellofDuty - 3/15/2013, 5:37 AM
That's amazing! Need to get my hands on this!!
ComicBookGoth - 3/15/2013, 6:18 AM
if this is good.

IDW has put out some amazing artist editions recently.

TheSuperguy - 3/15/2013, 7:25 AM
Looks cool! Wish some channels would replay classic shows, I know the Hub has 60's Batman, they should also show the George Reeves Superman, Wonder Woman, and Flash TV shows!
SWelch - 3/15/2013, 8:23 AM
Man I would love to get these. I am a huge fan of these old comic strips.
MisterBabadook - 3/15/2013, 9:02 AM
Whoa, superman of the future has a big fücking head
ImnotDaredevil - 3/15/2013, 10:34 AM
@ Comic Book Goth. Shit the bed! That looks f**king sweet, can't believe that slipped by me.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 3/15/2013, 12:50 PM
Damn smart move. I'll be reading them
lucio7lopez - 3/15/2013, 1:58 PM
Good for IDW. I want it.
niknik - 3/17/2013, 10:22 PM
I'm confused. They say less than 10 percent of these strips have ever been reprinted. Well then that 10 percent must all be from the first few years of publication because the Siegal/Shuster color strips from the Sunday editions were all collected in a hardcover edition which I have. It covered quite a few years if memory serves me. from 1939 to 1943 or thereabouts.

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